The United States Supreme Court held that the Eighth Amendment contains no proportionality guarantee and thus upheld a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment with no possibility of parole for possession of 672.5 grams of cocaine in violation of a Michigan statute.
Harmelin v Michigan, ___ US ___, 111 S Ct 2680 (1991).
Christine D. Marton,
Constitutional Law - Eighth Amendment - Cruel and Unusual Punishment - Proportionality Guarantee,
Duq. L. Rev.
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